Acquisition and Use of Microcomputers
Keywords:Automation, microcomputer acquisition, microcomputer applications, data base management, recreation surveys.
AbstractMany organizations are currently facing the question of whether to purchase microcomputers. This paper describes the experiences of a local office of a federal agency in acquiring and implementing microcomputer technology. Three major areas are discussed: justification and acquisition of the microcomputers, how the equipment is being used, and conducting surveys using microcomputers. The cost savings are turning out to be greater than anticipated. As the staff becomes more familiar with the equipment, additional applications are being discovered, resulting in more automation than intially estimated. The observations and suggestions provided in this paper should prove useful to others faced with making decisions on microcomputer acquisition and use.
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